Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Themes

Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Themes

Coming of Age 

Jacob’s age sets the novel up to be a good coming of age story, particularly because he is misunderstood. Abraham peppers Jacob with fantastical stories that get him in trouble with his classmates and, eventually, his family. Witnessing his role model’s death places a burden on Jacob, a burden he must overcome. It is the journey to overcome the burden and mystery of his grandfather’s death that provides the backdrop for Jacob’s coming of age story. At the start of the novel, he is scared, unsure, and untrusting. However, he evolves, with occasional slips, to become brave, confident, and trusting. The end of the novel solidifies this coming of age theme by providing Jacob a chance to choose between the easy path (going home) and the hard one (leaving with the peculiar children). He completes the cycle by going with his new friends.

Family

Family is a huge theme throughout the book. Abraham’s family is taken and killed by the Nazis. His adopted family is accosted by the hollowgast. It is his strong feelings for family that drive him out of the loop and to war. Additionally, it is family that prevents him from going back to the loop later. Despite his poor relationship with his son, Abraham works hard to build a relationship with Jacob, a relationship that becomes the foundation for an incredible journey.

Jacob’s own relationship with his father becomes more important as Jacob explores the island and Abraham’s past. Although Franklin neither believes nor encourages Jacob’s pursuit for discovery, he does come to understand his son’s journey, and Jacob grows closer to his father. They become close enough that Jacob tries to share his discovery and the reason for his departure with his father near the end of the novel.

Overcoming Fear 

Fear pervades the novel. From Abraham’s fear to the peculiar children’s fear, the struggle between allowing fears to consume versus conquering them is a large theme throughout the story. Jacob’s fear is the most obvious because of his unique position as the narrator, but readers are also exposed to other characters fears, as seen through Jacob’s…

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